We all know the 2018-2019 Golden State Warriors were extremely thin, and this offseason certainly didn’t help their cause in that department.
The Golden State Warriors don’t have the league’s worst depth when it comes to their second unit across all five positions, but they’re certainly not far from the bottom. In the 2018-2019 season, we saw that issue roar its ugly head.
However, the Warriors handled it with class, continuing to wipe out opponents that were much deeper. While depth is a regular-season problem, it typically disappears or at least is reduced in the postseason.
Part of that reason is that the coaches limit their rotations anyway. Teams will typically go from ten playable players down to maybe seven or eight. For Golden State, they really only had six they cared to put on the court last season.
Then, this offseason hit and completely morphed their talent pool. They’re now one of the younger teams in the league and are led by the team’s oldest player, Stephen Curry. As far as their depth goes, one team executive doesn’t feel the roster composition was far off from last season.
“It’s a challenge for sure. And Steve (Kerr) likes to play a lot of guys. But we love the kids we brought in and think they’ll be competitive. We have vets who have been given up on that we know can play. It’ll be a lot of mixing and matching all year, but that is what Steve does anyway,” one team executive told Real GM.
The challenge the team exec talks about is depth.
The only real necessary position left for the Warriors to fill is right behind the injury-prone Curry. While they could easily slide D’Angelo Russell up there in the case of a catastrophic injury, the team really doesn’t have a backup point guard.
Aside from there, the team will be relying on players that have yet to breakout as NBA stars yet have the potential to. Alec Burks, Willie Cauley-Stein and Glenn Robinson III will all have their chance to make their name known throughout the league.
Those three and Omari Spellman must make the bench’s scoring, and if they cannot contribute, this team may end up with one of the worst second units in the league for the second consecutive season.